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Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint, a Brand New Memory Technology
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Intel and Micron Unveil 3D XPoint, a Brand New Memory Technology

Intel and Micron have unveiled what appears to be the holy grail of memory.

Making the New Silicon
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Making the New Silicon

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers say they have developed gallium nitride transistors to power electronic circuits.

UCLA Researchers Create Smartphone-Based Device That Reads Medical Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately
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UCLA Researchers Create Smartphone-Based Device That Reads Medical Diagnostic Tests Quickly and Accurately

University of California, Los Angeles researchers say they have developed a mobile phone-based device that can read enzyme-linked immunosorbant assay plates. 

Superfast Fluorescence Sets New Speed Record
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Superfast Fluorescence Sets New Speed Record

Duke University researchers say they have developed an ultrafast plasmonic device that could form the basis of optical computing.

In Data Science, the R Language Is Swallowing Python
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In Data Science, the R Language Is Swallowing Python

Within the burgeoning big data realm, the R programming language will likely merge with Python, a developer-friendly generalist data language. 

Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't
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Beam Me Up? Teleporting Is Real, Even If Trekkie Transport Isn't

"I have a hard time saying this with a straight face, but I will: You can teleport a single atom from one place to another," says Chris Monroe, a biophysicist at...

China Building One of the World's Fastest Astronomical Computers to Power Giant, Alien-Seeking Telescope
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China Building One of the World's Fastest Astronomical Computers to Power Giant, Alien-Seeking Telescope

China's new Sky Eye 1 supercomputer is expected to be the fastest astronomical supercomputer in the world, topping Japan's Aterui. 

Obama's New Executive Order Says the U.S. Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer
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Obama's New Executive Order Says the U.S. Must Build an Exascale Supercomputer

President Obama has established a new initiative across multiple government agencies that will focus entirely on creating the fastest supercomputers ever devised...

Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target
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Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle—Or Change Its Target

Put a computer on a sniper rifle, and it can turn the most amateur shooter into a world-class marksman.

Neanderthals Had Outsize Effect on Human Biology
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Neanderthals Had Outsize Effect on Human Biology

Our ancestors were not a picky bunch.

Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110M National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing
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Consortium Including MIT Awarded $110M National Grant to Promote Photonics Manufacturing

The American Institute for Manufacturing Integrated Photonics will work to advance U.S. capabilities in integrated photonic technology.

Did These Researchers Just Create an Autistic Computer Program?
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Did These Researchers Just Create an Autistic Computer Program?

Baylor College of Medicine researchers claim to have modeled a theorized cause of autism in an artificial neural network.

Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform
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Scientists in Greece Design Cryptographic E-Voting Platform

Researchers in Greece say they have designed the world's first encrypted electronic voting system in which voters can confirm their votes go to the intended candidate...

China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet
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China Pushes to Rewrite Rules of Global Internet

China's government aims to redraft the rules of the global Internet so it can regulate the Internet on its own terms. 

India Loves MOOCs
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India Loves MOOCs

Massively open online courses have taken off in a big way in India, where they are meeting a need for education, particularly technical education. 

As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change
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As Tech Booms, Workers Turn to Coding for Career Change

After Paul Minton graduated from college, he worked as a waiter, but always felt he should do more.

In Silicon Valley, Coders Are Making More Room for Curators
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In Silicon Valley, Coders Are Making More Room for Curators

It's been almost a decade since the debut of the Netflix Prize, a $1 million bounty for the person or group that could best improve the company’s movie suggestion...

Physicists Restart Souped-Up Hadron Collider
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Physicists Restart Souped-Up Hadron Collider

After a two-year shutdown, the atom-smashing machine known as the Large Hadron Collider has embarked on a renewed quest to probe some of the biggest puzzles about...

Penn Researchers Discover New Chiral Property of Silicon, With Photonic Applications
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Penn Researchers Discover New Chiral Property of Silicon, With Photonic Applications

University of Pennsylvania researchers say they have discovered a property of silicon that combines aspects of photonic and spintronic computing.
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